Netgear ReadyNAS NV+: The Top Small-Office NAS

Beyond the usual features, this stylish NAS box adds some innovations and can manage both office and home duties. The combination of that with smoking performance (up to 30 MBps!) for general data transfers and media streaming earns the ReadyNAS NV+ our Editors’ Choice award for best small-business NAS device.

The ReadyNAS NV+ can certainly play in a home environment, too, but it’s specifically equipped with business muscle. For one, it’s consists of a four-disk enclosure that supports hot swapping- a must for businesses. Netgear’s patented X-RAID technology lets you upgrade not only without rebuilding the entire array, but with different hard-drive types -a bottom-line watcher’s boon.

You’ll find business smarts at the software level, too, where the ReadyNAS does everything from being a good network citizen to integrating its user list with Active Directory. It also supports multiple backup methods, Internet access to shared files, file and folder encryption, and more. Home users aren’t left out, with a media server and specific optimizations for iTunes and the SlimBox media server, as well other media products (via UPnP).

The ReadyNASNV+ is definitely not a lightweight. It’s priced on the high side, but it’s literally stuffed with features and blessed with lightning-fast throughput. For the more advanced home user, it’s a good machine. For a small business, it’s great.

Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ Short Reviews
Price range: Without storage ($899 list); 3TB ($2,199)

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